Grateful Bolt, Fraser-Pryce top RJR Sportsman, Sportswoman awards

first_imgSprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were on Friday night presented with the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards at the Jamaica Pegasus. Bolt was winning his sixth Sportsman of the Year award, after copping titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Fraser-Pryce, who also won in 2012 and 2013, was winning her third Sportswoman of the year award. “I want to thank my fans, who supported me this season, I really needed it. I want to thank my coach, I put him through a lot of stress, he has stood by me this season … I want to thank God and I promise I will try to do my best this season,” said a grateful Bolt. Fraser-Pryce, who won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, as well as the Diamond League 100m title, was also presented with the Sagicor Iconic award. The sprinter has won two Olympic gold medals and seven at the World Championships level since her ‘arrival’ at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. “Everything I have done is attributed to how much God has blessed me,” said Fraser-Pryce. “I am honoured to be here collecting this award a third time. I want to thank my coach for believing in me and putting up with me; and for me putting up with him sometimes.” Bolt’s award, which now puts him second in the all – time list behind boxer Michael McCallum (7) came after another dominant season by the powerful sprinter, who won three gold medals at the World Championships (100m, 200m and 4x100m). World Championships 100m hurdles gold medal winner Danielle Williams was the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the year, with shot put bronze medal winner O’Dayne Richards took home the male equivalent. The first award of the evening went to veteran quarter-miler and cancer survivor Novlene Williams-Mills, who was presented with the Chairman’s award. The People’s Choice Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ went to Jamaica’s senior women’s 4x400m relay team, which won gold at the World Championships, while former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard received the Lifetime Achievement Award.last_img read more

‘Ebola Not in Liberia’

first_imgMinister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lewis Brown, has stated that the deadly Ebola virus, which was suspected to be in the country after it was announced that five of six persons who crossed over from neighboring Guinea have died from the virus, does not exist in Liberia.Speaking in an interview at his office on Capitol Hill Wednesday, March 26, Minister Brown said all of the suspected cases that were reported are not Ebola as medical research has revealed.According to Min. Brown, “The cases reported do not confirm that these people who died or those undergoing treatment were/are infected by the Ebola virus. The patient transferred to the John F. Kennedy is doing well and the child who spent four days in the hospital [in Zorzor] is recovering.”Minister Brown explained that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and its partners have taken blood samples to Guinea and France for medical tests and observation. He expects results in the soonest possible time.“We do not have any evidence to show that anyone in Liberia has Ebola. All previous measures taken by the government were intended as precautions for the sake of our dear citizens, which is the best that a good government could do for its people in the situation.”Minister Brown explained that the press conference held by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on Monday, March 24, was a precautionary measure taken to keep citizens informed due to Liberia’s shared border with Guinea.“Not a single case of actual Ebola was reported by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare or any of its partners including the World Health Organization (WHO). Those that were speculated to be Ebola patients are now recovering and doing well; two of them have been treated and discharged in Foya.”The Information Minister stated that the Health Ministry through its spokesman is calling on the general public to follow the essential measures as instructed by the Health Minister on Monday. The spokesman said that precaution is needed before further investigation or reports on the part of the media.Minister Brown said a person having dysentery, diarrhea, or vomiting with blood does not mean that he has Ebola as claimed by many in the country. He said that the Gov’t wanted to be clear that ‘cries of Ebola in Liberia’ were false.The Minister explained that hygiene is important to everyone whether Ebola is in the country or not. He called on the general public to continue washing their hands and adhering to the initial measures of Ebola prevention until further notice.“We want to re-emphasize that you should wash your hands with soap and water as frequently as possible, and avoid direct interactions with animals such as monkeys and consumption of their raw meat. You must treat your water with chlorine before drinking it for now. We will continue to provide medical reports and updates to the public,” he concluded.This latest summersault comes after Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. (MD) Walter Traub Gwenigale and his Deputy Minister, Dr. (MD) Bernice Dahn, who is the Chief Medical Officer for the Republic, had told news men women at a major Monday, March 24 press conference that the deadly Ebola virus, which is reported to have killed at least 60 person in neighboring Guinea, had crossed over into Liberia.They emphasized that as of that date—March 24—five of six persons, who crossed over to Liberia from Guinea, had died from the Ebola virus. They even further clarified that two of the five went back and died in Guinea and the three died on Liberian soil, while the sixth, a female child, was critical and being treated at a local health facility in Zorzor, Lofa County.Min. Lewis Brown, who now denied the presence of Ebola in Liberia, was also a part of the press conference at which the Health Ministry’s authorities announced that Ebola has crossed over into Liberia from Guinea.Meanwhile, Health Min. Gwenigale has told the Observer that no one has been quarantined at the JFK Medical Center because of Ebola.This paper was reliably told by an insider that a patient was quarantined on Tuesday, after health practitioners at the hospital noticed symptoms of the Ebola virus. Our source said the person had come from the suspected Ebola region in Lofa County.The Ministry of Health, in an update, dropped the number of deaths from the “suspected viral hemorrhagic fever” cases to four instead of five as it had announced earlier on Monday, March 24. However, authorities of the Health Ministry still maintain the six-person figure disclosed on Monday.The MOHSW said it continues to monitor and investigate cases of suspected viral hemorrhagic fever in the country.It is noteworthy that the Health Ministry no longer calls it the Ebola virus but “suspected viral hemorrhagic fever.”In a related development, the management of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center has also clarified that at no time did authorities in Ganta transfer Ebola or suspected Ebola cases at the hospital as was reported by the local media.JFK in a release said it is disappointing that others will choose to report such critical national issue without checking first with the hospital. “Management maintains that its various wards are one hundred percent free of Ebola patients and urged journalists to counter-check their stories before publication.”The hospital authorities said recent transfers from Ganta did not in any way come with referral slip indicating Ebola. JFK said every patient that is transfer from a health post comes with a referral slips from a medical practitioner and the slip will clearly state the patient cause of illness and all medications previously administered.It is not clear, however, how the JFK can deny the information when the Acting Chief Medical Officer of Ganta Hospital, Dr. Claude Monga, told a team of journalists on Tuesday, March 25, that two suspected Ebola cases were diagnosed at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital on Monday, March 24.He told journalists that the patients were immediately transferred to the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia because the Ganta hospital had nowhere to keep such patients.Dr. Monga said one of the patients, believed to be a nine-year-old girl, was brought from Guinea and was vomiting and excreting blood, days after she was admitted at the hospital. After discovering her condition, she was immediately transferred.He also noted the other patient didn’t vomit or excrete blood, but had been having persistent fever for the past five days and was also transferred.With an assist from Alaskai Moore Johnson, Observer Health CorrespondentShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GVL’s Chemicals Causing ‘Miscarriages among Women’ in Grand Kru County?

first_img– Advertisement – Rep. Barway; “…besides the chemically fertilizer exposure, the GVL is in bad labor practices and has since resulted to masses wrongful dismissals, and a death of the excavator driver, popularly known as ‘Albert.” — Rep. Barway Complains to House of Representatives, and to Summon GVL CEOAt least 10 female workers of Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) in Grand Kru County have suffered ‘miscarriages’ because of chemical exposure amid GVL’s failure to provide the necessary Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), Grand Kru County District #1 Representative Nathaniel Barway, Sr., has complained to the Plenary of the House of Representatives.Rep. Barway said the victims are from Garraway, Weadebo and Trembo Sections.A medical doctor, assigned at John F. Kennedy Hospital, who requested not to be named, told the Daily Observer yesterday via mobile, that there are obvious surgical abortion methods and medical abortion methods, but not many have heard of chemical abortion.“A chemical abortion is nothing more than a non-surgical abortion method wherein the pregnancy is terminated by introducing medication or chemicals or because of chemical exposure into the system that prevent the pregnancy from progressing,” the medical doctor said.Rep. Barway, who is also the House’s co-chairman on Internal Affairs, stressed that besides the chemical fertilizer exposure, the GVL is in bad labor practices and has since resulted to mass wrongful dismissals, and a death of an excavator driver, popularly known as ‘Albert.’According to sources, Albert happens to be a relative of Rep. Barway.In his communication, which was read on Thursday, March 7, the 17th day sitting, Rep. Barway urged Speaker Bhofal Chambers and his colleagues to summon the General Manager of GVL, to answer why he should not be held responsible for the unfair labor treatment of employees of his company, as well as for the contradictions of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the communities in Grand Kru County District #1 and GVL.Unfair Labor Treatments“Here are few counts as examples of the unfair labor practices against its employees: Daniel Cooper, a truck driver for GVL who was transporting oil palm from Grand Kru to their factory in Sinoe got in an accident. As per traffic regulation of Liberia, when an accident occurs, a traffic officer/LNP has to be informed and invited to investigate the issue but this was not done at all, and the driver was dismissed without any compensation when the truck was not damaged and is in use up to present. Another employee, Emmanuel Sackor, whose brother was caught stealing palm at night and was taken to court and found guilty but GVL management transferred the crime to Emmanuel Sackor who was not part of the theft. Yet he was dismissed by GVL,” Rep. Barway said.He added: “Another employee, Peter Wesseh, a security officer of GVL and tractor operator, were asked to transport few mattresses from Grand Kru to Sinoe highway when GVL was carrying on road maintenance between Grand Kru and Sinoe Counties. While taking mattresses back to GVL’s office in Grand Kru after the road maintenance work, two of the mattresses dropped unknown to them (the transporters) and they could not locate them. The management of GVL asked the two employees to pay for the mattresses with immediate effect, but Peter Wesseh did not have cash (money) on hand to pay and for that he was dismissed by GVL, but the tractor driver who had money to pay, is still working.”‘Contradictions’ in MOUThe Grand Kru County lawmaker further said according to the MOU between employees/citizens in District #1, Grand Kru County and GVL, employment for community citizens is done with the ratio of 6 hectares to one employment. This means that when any employee who is employed under such arrangement is not able to continue the work, he/she should be replaced by any other person recommended by the community, but GVL disagrees to such replacement.“GVL agrees according to appendix B-1 to issue 50lb bag of clean rice to each employee as motivation per month. But unfortunately, outside of the MOU, GVL again has attached an unfair condition (an employee must work up to 23 working days before qualifying or rice. This condition is not in line with the fair labor practice of Liberia. We tried to plead for at least 18 working days, but GVL failed to do so,” Rep.  Barway wrote.“According to Appendix C-5, GVL agrees to build and improve roads and bridges. The communities and employees have been pleading for concrete bridges, but GVL fails to listen.”Joint Committee InvestigationFollowing the reading of the communication and illustration from Rep. Barway, The House of Representatives Thursday resolved to mandate a Joint Committee on Judiciary, Internal Affairs and Labor to commence investigation into allegations of the ‘Chemical Miscarriages’ and ‘Bad Labor Practices’ and report within two weeks.The decision was based upon a motion proffered by Lofa County District #1 Representative Francis S. Nyumalin, Sr.In a rather brief response, GVL said it is “greatly disturbed by the allegations” made by Representative Barway. “The company operates in compliance with Liberian laws and for the safety of our employees and the communities within which we are based. The company refutes the allegations and will be preparing a full response to the claims made,” a statement submitted by Randall P. Kaybee, corporate communications coordinator, said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ambulance involved in Letterkenny road smash

first_imgEmergency services are at the scene of a collision between an ambulance and a car in Letterkenny.The incident occurred on the busy Port Road outside Letterkenny IT after 2.30pm this Thursday afternoon.Road collision on Port Road Letterkenny, 7th March 2019No injuries have been reported, however both vehicles were significantly damaged and the car has mounted the footpath. Gardaí are currently attending the scene. Traffic is moving as normal in the area.  Ambulance involved in Letterkenny road smash was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cold weather doesn’t deter fans from Mountcharles Opera Festival

first_imgThe inclement weather didn’t deter the stalwart fans who turned out to The Mountcharles Opera Festival on Friday to hear some wonderful music performed by Deborah Cunningham, Paul Martin, Evan McGarrigle and The Bluestack Chorale.The first half brought the audience on a journey that went from the warm Italian countryside to swing-time America stopping off for The Pearl Fishers Duet and Hansel & Gretel’s evening prayer along the way. Drama is always on the bill when Deborah, Paul and Evan take the stage and there was certainly plenty this year as they sang through the Angels and Demons themed second half, ending with the powerful finale from Gounod’s Faust.For the hardy souls who might want to venture into the gardens before the show, there were lots of umbrellas on hand, or for some, they preferred to take their seat and enjoy their glass of wine in the garden rooms before the performance. Either way, it was definitely an evening not to be missed.Cold weather doesn’t deter fans from Mountcharles Opera Festival was last modified: July 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

More Cavani speculation and report says Chelsea will tell Cech to leave

first_imgCiting a tweet by a Spanish journalist, the Express say Arsenal look set to beat Chelsea as well as Manchester United and Liverpool to the signing of Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.It is claimed that the Blues want Cavani, who has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge many times. Arsenal are apparently willing to pay £51m for him.Chelsea are again linked with Real Madrid’s Germany star Sami Khedira – again by the Express.The midfielder, who played under Jose Mourinho at Real, has been tipped to move to the Bridge or Arsenal after being left out for this week’s Uefa Super Cup game against Sevilla.Chelsea will tell Petr Cech to find a new club, according to Goal.com.There has been speculation about the 32-year-old’s future, with Thibaut Courtois widely expected to be installed as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.Real Madrid, PSG and Monaco are all said to be monitoring the situation.And Chelsea youngster Victorien Angban is set to join French club SC Bastia on loan, according to reports in the midfielder’s native Ivory Coast.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Big Gratitude

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now It is impossible to be grateful and unhappy at the same time. Choosing one of these emotions makes it impossible to feel the other. “Grateful” and “unhappy” literally can’t occupy the same space at the same time.You have to choose between being grateful or being depressed, too. These emotions are so far apart that from one pole the opposite pole is not accessible to you. Being “grateful” and “depressed” are mutually exclusive emotional states.If you are occupying the feeling of thankfulness, you can’t also occupy the feeling of anger. When you are angry, you are occupying the emotion of fear and the state of need. Thankfulness is not a place of wanting. Thankfulness is a place of abundance.Gratitude is too big to share space with any other state. It literally crowds out all negative emotions. It pushes fear, anger, and sadness out if its way, and it consumes all of your emotional real estate.What are you grateful for right now? What should you be even more grateful for now?last_img read more

Brownlee defends lack of timeout: We had good looks, just didn’t convert

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJustin Brownlee felt that the Ginebra players were justified for not calling a timeout in the last 15 seconds of Game 4 on Friday.“I think we’re in the heat of the moment. We see we had the opportunity where we could score. I thought we had some good looks. We just didn’t knock them down,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Mercado suffers high-grade ankle sprain after chasedown blockcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ The Gin Kings had five chances to sue for time as coach Tim Cone and LA Tenorio desperately tried to get the attention of of the players on the floor to call a timeout.But with adrenaline running high, the players waved off the instruction and found a cutting Brownlee in the final seconds. However, the reinforcement’s potential game-tying shot fell way short as time expired, handing Meralco the 85-83 victory to even the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at two games each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Of course, we’ve wanted to get a timeout and drop a designed play for that type of situation, but I think we got a couple of good looks but we just didn’t convert. They got some good looks as well, but they converted,” he said.With the best-of-seven series now a virtual best-of-three, Brownlee noted that from this point forward, it’s a matter of “who wants it more.” LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “They’re a tough team and we’re a tough team, so every game is going to be a 50-50 game. Who wants it more will come out on top. The rest of the games will probably come down to the wire, so we got to finish the game strong,” he said.Brownlee also said that though playing in front of a mammoth crowd inside Philippine Arena will be quite an experience, the Gin Kings need to calm themselves down and play to their potential.“From what I’ve heard, it’s the biggest indoor arena in the world. I’ve never played in anything like that, so it’s definitely going to be exciting for me,” he said. “But we just got to look at it like a same game, go out there and play our best.”Game 5 is on Sunday at the massive Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Miami Football: Video: Michael Irvin Discusses Diddy Incident At UCLA, Says He Had Cops Called On Him At Son’s Game

first_imgMichael Irvin making a face during a TMZ interview.YouTube/TMZSportsOn Monday, Michael Irvin Jr., a three star wide receiver/tight end, followed in his famous father’s footsteps and committed to Miami. Irvin Sr. starred at The U in the mid-late 1980s before a long, Hall of Fame NFL career for the Dallas Cowboys. Irvin spoke with TMZ Sports about his son’s decision, and the conversation turned to the incident involving Sean “Diddy” Combs at UCLA a few weeks ago. During the interview, Irvin shared an anecdote about being thrown out of one of his son’s games. Luckily, Irvin said no kettlebells were involved. We assume he’ll keep his cool when his son enrolls at The U next year.[TMZ]last_img read more

Mason Jobst scores in overtime to push Ohio State mens hockey into

OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) during a game against Michigan on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIt took extra time and a fortunate bounce off the opposing goalie, but the Ohio State men’s hockey team came out victorious in its first-round matchup against the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten tournament.Freshman forward Mason Jobst scored in overtime to seal the 4-3 victory and continuation of OSU’s season for at least one more night.The Thursday night showdown at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, was the third consecutive match between the two schools.The Buckeyes got off to a dream start when freshman forward John Wiitala put the puck past Michigan State senior goaltender Jake Hildebrand just 38 seconds into the match. The Minnesota native collected the puck from sophomore forward Matthew Weis and fired home with a wraparound effort.A physical first period would also end with a Buckeye goal. Freshman defenseman Tommy Parran doubled the lead for the Scarlet and Gray with just over a minute remaining in the period. A shot from junior defenseman and first-team All-Big Ten defenseman Josh Healey took a deflection, and the puck fell to his defensive partner.The Spartans got on the board in the early minutes of the second period. A midrange effort from junior forward Joe Cox found its way past OSU junior goaltender Christian Frey to cut the Buckeyes’ lead in half. Senior forward Matt DeBlouw would then equalize for the Spartans with a power-play goal around halfway through the period.Another penalty left OSU shorthanded once again in the period, and the Spartans once again took advantage. Senior forward and captain Michael Ferrantino deflected a shot from freshman defenseman Zach Osburn past Frey, giving the Spartans their first lead of the night.That lead was not long-lived, as Weis tied it up at 3-3 three and a half minutes into the third period. That would be the final goal in regulation, and the two sides would go to overtime for the third straight game, where Jobst gathered a deflection off Hildebrand and put it into the net for the win.With the victory, the Buckeyes advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament and are scheduled to face off with No. 1 seed Minnesota on Friday at 8:30 p.m. read more